By FRANK LEWIS
PDT Staff Writer
A Portsmouth woman who told police a harrowing story about being kidnapped and choked, has identified her assailant, police said, resulting in an arrest. The incident occurred Saturday night into Sunday morning in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Police Detective Sgt. Jim Charles said they arrested Stephen Drummond, 29, of Greenfield, Ohio, and charged him with kidnapping.
“A woman was picked up and taken to the basement of a building downtown and choked,” Charles said. “She was choked to the point that she became unconscious. She was able to escape when the suspect went to a different part of the basement.”
Charles said, after the escape, the woman ended up at her mother’s house where she called police and was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center.
“About the same time that she was calling the police, he (Drummond) called police and told us somebody broke into his building,” Charles said. “The police officers went there and did a security check of the building and didn’t find anybody, and they left.”
Charles said it was then that the patrol officer who had searched the building talked with the officer who had been at the hospital talking with the alleged victim.
“He started putting two and two together and found that the instances were related,” Charles said. “We found Mr. Drummond again. I interviewed him. He was adamant about three people being in the building. He gave us consent to search the building. The patrol officers searched it a little more thoroughly, because the first time they were only looking for the three individuals he (Drummond) told them had broken in. When he gave them consent, they went in looking for evidence of crimes.” Charles said officers didn’t find anything but took photos of the scene.
“I interviewed the victim after she was released from the hospital,” Charles said. “She had a very compelling story of (attempted) strangulation, the fact that she thought that she had died until she saw his face again.”
Charles said the alleged victim identified Drummond, a previous acquaintance, in a photo lineup.
“Myself and Detective (Andy) Dawes obtained an arrest warrant for kidnapping yesterday (Monday) morning,” Charles said. “We drove to Greenfield yesterday, executed another search warrant of his property in Greenfield, and arrested him and brought him back.”
Charles said Drummond is currently incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail under bond of $150,000, and he said Drummond has a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday.
“Right now the only charge is kidnapping,” Charles said. “We will charge him with numerous other things later on during grand jury hearings.”
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.